Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan chides SP leader Akshay Yadav for ‘unruly act’
New Delhi: Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan warned Samajwadi Party (SP) member of parliament Akshay Yadav on Thursday after he tore and threw some papers at her while protesting against government’s demonetisation.
The incident took place amid continued protests by the opposition parties over demonetisation. The opposition demanded that the House adopt an adjournment motion to discuss the matter and stormed into the well of the House, shouting slogans and demanding a discussion. It was when speaker Sumitra Mahajan tried to continue with the question hour that Yadav tore some papers and threw them towards the podium, after which the House was adjourned until 12 noon.
“This conduct of Akshay Yadav is a gross violation of the norms of standards and etiquettes laid down under Rules and Conventions of the House,” Mahajan said, addressing the House.
“This conduct is not proper on the part of the member and also for the dignity and prestige of the House. I therefore, while, expressing my grave displeasure over the conduct of Shri Yadav warn him to refrain from such from disorderly act in future,” Mahajan added.
Even as Yadav said he regretted his actions, he did not rule out the possibility of such an incident being repeated.
“I regret what happened but can’t say it won’t happen again if the situation remains the same,” he said.
Akshay Yadav, the MP from Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, is the son of SP national general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav and the nephew of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The Samajwadi Party has opposed the government’s decision to withdraw Rs500 and Rs1,000 currency notes, citing improper implementation and inconvenience to the poor.
Under Rule 349 (xxi) of the Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha, a member shall not tear off documents in the House in protest when it is in session.
When the House reassembled at noon, the speaker condemned Akshay Yadav’s behaviour and warned him. However, continued protests by the opposition in the well of the House led the speaker to adjourn the House for the day without conducting any business.
PTI contributed to this story.